The ancient art of ferla, cane and bulrush processing characterizes this area of Sicily and involves the production of beautiful furniture and wooden and iron wrought articles.
For centuries, the skilled Madoniti craftsmen have created wonderful baskets, handbaskets, hampers, and stools.
You can find traditional objects such as the “coffa” and the “maidda” in particular.
The coffa is an ancient Sicilian hand basket realised with woven dwarf palm. In the past, it was used to carry equine forage or as a container for transportation on mules. As time went by, the coffa assumed the function of a woman’s bag and was decorated in various ways, even with trappings recalling the Sicilian horses’ ones.
The maidda, however, is a rectangular wooden work bench, once used for kneading bread.